About about london brass

A brief history….

London Brass Biography 2016
London Brass was born in 1986 out of the world-famous Philip Jones Brass Ensemble, having been brought to a close by its namesake and founder upon retirement. Today, London Brass comprises a pool of the best players in the UK from backgrounds in every genre of music making.

During the 1980s and 90s, former PJBE members continued the pioneering spirit, producing ground-breaking recordings (with Warner Classics), concert programmes and educational events throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. In the mid 1990s, the group embraced a new direction with the addition of a jazz trombone & trumpet, leading to collaborations with artists such as Jango Bates, Mark Anthony Turnage, Mike Gibbs, Richard Rodney Bennett, Moondog, John Surman & Jack DeJohnette.

In recent times, the ensemble has toured many countries throughout Europe and performed at various notable landmarks in the capital: Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, Barbican, Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Old Whitehall & Banqueting House and 10 Downing Street - for global televised occasions, such as the BBC Proms, Millennium Celebration Concert, Queens Jubilee and Papal Visit.

During the 2016 celebratory 30th year, London Brass appeared at the Wigmore Hall, Newbury Spring Festival, Trinity Laban Conservatoire, toured (thirteen concerts) throughout Italy, plus the Summer festivals in Schleswig-Holstein, Brandenburg, Worlitz and St Moritz. December featured our popular Christmas programmes in London, Munich, Linz and Cologne, with sell-out audiences. Our final appearance was at St Pancras Station on the 20th December, raising money for the Marie Curie Cancer Charity.

In 2017/18, London Brass gave performances in Kings Cross, London, Italy, Poland & Russia plus nineteen sold out Christmas shows throughout Germany. London Brass remain one of the most sought-after ensembles in the world today.

By Andrew Crowley